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Definition of credence

1a : mental acceptance as true or real give credence to gossip
b : credibility sense 1 lends credence to the theory an idea that is gaining credence
2 : credentials used in the phrase letters of credence
3 [Middle French, from Old Italian credenza] : a Renaissance sideboard used chiefly for valuable plate
4 : a small table where the bread and wine rest before consecration

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belief, faith, credence, credit mean assent to the truth of something offered for acceptance. belief may or may not imply certitude in the believer. my belief that I had caught all the errors faith almost always implies certitude even where there is no evidence or proof. an unshakable faith in God credence suggests intellectual assent without implying anything about grounds for assent. a theory now given credence by scientists credit may imply assent on grounds other than direct proof. gave full credit to the statement of a reputable witness

What Is The Difference Between credence and belief?

Credence is close in meaning to belief, but there are differences. Unlike belief, credence is seldom used in connection with faith in a religion or philosophy. Instead credence is often used in reference to reports, rumors, and opinions. And, unlike belief, it tends to be used with the words give, lack, lend,and gain. So a new piece of evidence may lend credence to the alibi of a criminal suspect. Claims that a political candidate can become the next President gain credence only after the candidate wins a few primaries. And although stories about Elvis sightings persist, they lack credence for most people.

Examples of credence in a Sentence

The theory is gaining credence among scientists. I'm afraid I don't put much credence in common gossip.
Recent Examples on the Web The findings, the CDC said, add more credence to the protective quality of vaccines, even among those who have already gotten sick from COVID-19. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Oct. 2021 But email correspondence obtained by the nonprofit Judicial Watch and cited in the complaint adds credence to the Wellesley parents’ worries. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 19 Oct. 2021 Don’t give too much credence to genre boundaries; just because someone reads mostly thrillers doesn’t mean suspenseful literary fiction won’t appeal. New York Times, 19 Oct. 2021 Their 91-83 exhibition win over Team USA on July 12 adds credence to the notion that Australia is a legitimate medal contender. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 24 July 2021 Lee himself seemed to lend credence to the inside-job theory both in the series and in the interview with the Times. Chris Vognar, Vulture, 2 Sep. 2021 These results, although based on observational data with their inherent limitations, lend credence to earlier predictions that wildfire smoke would exacerbate the COVID-19 pandemic. Kayla Rivas, Fox News, 26 July 2021 Just weeks after Barr's flubbed effort to lend some credence to Trump's narrative about massive mail-in ballot fraud, the Justice Department gave it another go. Elie Honig, CNN, 28 June 2021 These circumstances obviously lend credence to a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. WSJ, 11 June 2021

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First Known Use of credence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for credence

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin credentia, from Latin credent-, credens, present participle of credere to believe, trust — more at creed

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19 Nov 2021

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“Credence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of credence

: belief that something is true
: the quality of being believed or accepted as something true or real

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